Jada Pinkett Smith said that people have “made a lot of assumptions” about her and she admittedly fed into falsehoods, all of which will be addressed in her upcoming memoir.
“In the book people will see that I have to be very accountable of the misunderstandings that are floating,” Pinkett Smith told People in a new interview published on Thursday, timed to the announcement of the title and cover of her memoir, “Worthy.”
Pinkett Smith, 51, has been a fixture in Hollywood since the ’90s, beginning with roles on shows like “A Different World.” Since then, she’s starred in franchises such as “Scream” and “The Matrix,” and had appeared on series like “Gotham.”
Nowadays, she’s known for being a cohost of the popular, Emmy-winning talk show “Red Table Talk.”
Aspects of Pinkett Smith’s personal life, from her decades-long marriage to Will Smith to her deep friendship with the late musician Tupac, have also been discussed and speculated about considerably by the public.
The actor said that despite the plethora of information that’s known about her life, she “wanted to write about my journey to self-worth in a real way.”
Pinkett Smith told People that her memoir will cover “everything,” which may come as a surprise to people who feel like she’s overshared and told the world all about her personal life, namely on “RTT.”
“I think people have made a lot of assumptions,” she said. “And you know what? Rightfully so. I have to take ownership of that, in regards to the narrative that I’ve participated in, the falsehoods about myself.”
“In the book, I really explain all of that extensively as part of my reclamation journey,” she added. “I think a lot of people, not even just women, but a lot of us lose ourselves in narratives that are not necessarily or completely forthright.”
The “Girls Trip” star shared similar comments in an Instagram post on Thursday, writing: “The fact that I have, in the last four years contributed to the creation and perpetuation of falsehoods about myself, in which other untrue narratives were birthed, has surely aided in the misunderstandings that surround me.”
“This fall, with deep humility and respect, I will take back my narrative,” Pinkett Smith said.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s memoir, “Worthy,” is on sale on October 17, 2023.